Empowering First-Generation Students
Paul’s parents immigrated to the U.S. when he was nine. His parents did not attend college. Although he was interested in higher education, he wasn’t sure what to do. Fortunately, Paul’s College Advising Corps adviser at Georgia State University guided him and his parents through the college application process, including filling out FAFSA. Today, because of the individualized guidance from his near-peer adviser, Paul is realizing his dream for higher education. Launched in 2015, the program joined Georgia State University in 2017. The GSU program continues to work closely with Achieve Atlanta to ensure that Atlanta’s low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students are empowered to identify and pursue their postsecondary education goals.
Being a resourceful adviser is the key to being a great adviser with even greater outcomes for students.Carmia Smith, Adviser, Frederick Douglass High School